About Us 2020-06-23T07:59:25-04:00

Mission Statement

RWA’s mission is to promote wireless opportunities for rural telecommunications companies through advocacy and education in a manner that best represents the interests of its membership.

Advocate for Rural Wireless Carriers

RWA is a trade association representing rural wireless carriers who each serve fewer than 100,000 subscribers. RWA’s members have joined together to speed delivery of new, efficient, and innovative wireless technologies to the populations of remote and underserved sections of the country.

RWA’s members provide mobile and fixed wireless services to their subscribers and support the subscribers of larger carriers while roaming in their rural service areas. RWA’s members are small businesses serving or seeking to serve secondary, tertiary and rural markets. Our membership is comprised of both independent wireless carriers and wireless carriers that are affiliated with rural telephone companies.

Supporting Rural America, Strengthens All of America – Advocacy. Education. Relationships.

Board of Directors

Bert Potts, President and CEO
Bert Potts, President and CEOWireless Manager, STRATA Networks (UT)
Jana Wallace, Vice President
Jana Wallace, Vice PresidentCOO, Panhandle Tel. Coop. (PTCI) (OK)
Jake Baldwin, Secretary
Jake Baldwin, SecretaryGeneral Counsel, Bravado Wireless
Roger Schmitz, Treasurer
Roger Schmitz, TreasurerCEO, Telsasoft (MN)
Eric Cramer
Eric CramerPresident and CEO, RiverStreet Wireless (NC)
Mike Higgins, Jr.
Mike Higgins, Jr.General Manager, West Central Wireless (TX)
Todd Houseman
Todd HousemanCEO, United Wireless (KS)
John Nettles
John NettlesPresident, Pine Belt Wireless (AL)
Mike Kilgore, Ex Officio
Mike Kilgore, Ex OfficioCEO, Sagebrush Cellular/Nemont (MT)

Our Team

Carri Bennet
Carri BennetGeneral Counsel
Michele Giroux
Michele GirouxChief Administrative Officer

Standing Committees

The Public Policy Committee is tasked with assessing the impact of legislative and regulatory policy developments that stand to affect the operations of small, rural wireless carriers. This committee helps shape the association’s legislative and regulatory agendas and public policy initiatives in order to better serve the associations’ members.

  • Bert Potts, Strata – Committee Chair
  • Jake Baldwin, Cross Wireless
  • Mark Cole, 4G Unwired
  • Chad Duvall, Moss Adams
  • Shawn Hanson, PTCI
  • Jerry Kadavy, Pioneer
  • Mike Kilgore, Nemont
  • Jon Lightle, Nex-Tech Wireless
  • Lynn Merrill, Monte R. Lee & Company
  • John Nettles, Pinebelt
  • Chris Reno, Union Wireless
  • Jeff Smith, GVNW Consulting
  • Jerry Tilley, Nemont

The Education Committee guides the association in assessing its members’ educational needs. The committee provides educational briefings and resource recommendations to RWA’s members on technical, financial, operational, and marketing matters. The Educational Committee also serves as a clearinghouse for instructional material and educational webcasts that serve to inform RWA members about revenue generating opportunities and/or cost saving methodologies.

  • Jake Baldwin, Bravado Wireless, Chair
  • Dave Fritz, Nokia
  • Aaron Gillespie, Nex-Tech Wireless
  • Grif Griffin, West Central Wireless
  • Todd Houseman, United Wireless
  • Dave Kirk, t3 Broadband
  • Curtis Knobloch, Telispire
  • David Mould, Ericsson
  • Mark Seagren, 4G Unwired

RWA is a member-driven association and our annual membership investments are the primary funding source for RWA’s powerful and successful advocacy. The purpose of the committee is to increase our membership base, generate ideas for and activate new member services to continue to strengthen our association.

  • Todd Houseman, United Wireless – Committee Chair
  • Dennie Mecham, Strata Networks
  • Lynn Merrill, Monte R. Lee & Company
  • Patrick Rhyne, Wells Fargo Advisors
  • Scott Robinson, 4G Wireless
  • Chris Ruhl, Cross Wireless
  • Roger Schmitz, Telsasoft
  • Tanya Sullivan, PlusOne
Each year, the Nominating Committee issues a call for nominations for vacancies on the Board and associated committees and councils. The Nominating Committee reviews nominations and makes recommendations to the Board.

  • Brian Woody, Union Wireless
  • Mike Kilgore, Sagebrush Cellular/Nemont
  • Roger Schmitz, NewCore Wireless
  • Bert Potts, Strata Networks

RWA’s specific-issue Councils are established by the Board. In contrast to the more generally focused standing committees, each Council serves as a narrowly focused information sharing and policy development forum for members interested in a specific technology, service, or issue. Councils may make recommendations to standing committees or to the Board regarding RWA’s involvement in such issues.

Councils include:

  • Strategic Relationships
  • Roaming
  • Mobile Devices
  • Marketing
  • Content and Premium Services
  • Towers and Siting
  • Wireless Resellers

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